Hop Circle IPA - Phillips Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours cloudy grapefruit with lasting half-inch of off-white foamy head. Lots of thick lacing. C-hop aroma, citrus hop taste with long bitter finish.. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel, very smooth. Suitable understated carbonation.Satisfying.
Fresh bottle from Hugh.
04-03-2011 22:49:55 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
341ml bottle. The best looking option on the shelves of the guv't store in lovely Merritt, B.C., jewel of the Nicola Valley. I can take or leave the cheesy UFO puns on the label, but I do very much like the "Remove Cap Before Drinking" note on the bottle cap.
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of puffy, soapy, and weakly foamy dirty white head, which settles quickly, leaving some jagged drooping curtains of lace around the glass.
It smells of musty, yet peppy citrus hops and grainy, biscuity, and bready caramel malt. The taste is decently bitter citrus rind and pine resin hops, a touch of underripe melon, a bit of lemon zest, ethereal hints of dank weed, and bready caramel malt.
The carbonation is active, and sometimes a bit too prickly, the body on the lighter side of medium weight, and weirdly airy in its smoothness. It finishes somewhat crisp, dry, and still well hoppy.
A goodly bitter, if not overly complex IPA. Again, another Canadian-made hybrid US/UK beast - the effervescence and the not-so-sweet malt, combined with the PACNW hops make for a mildly odd duck, that is, if ducks were beer. Or liked beer. Or something.
07-20-2010 22:26:19 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
I wish I could have said that Hop Circle IPA is a close encounter of the 'blurred' kind, but this beer is clear as day. So clear is it, in fact, that you can observe each tiny bubble with precise definition as though they were under a microscope. The golden beer emits a brassy sheen and has a head as white and fluffy as sheepskin.
What makes a good boxer is not only power but reach - the pungently grassy notes of this aroma reached my nose from across the table. So 'green' and herbal, it feels like I set foot in a hydroponics grow-op (or the trees behind the high school parking lot). Luckily this weedy musk - read into that word however you wish - is undercut by tones of grated lime and spearmint.
If I were desperate for Hop Circle and none was available, I could just as well lap-up the lawn after cutting it. Given, that won't relieve my thirst nearly as well but it would just about simulate the flavour. This has a seriously dank taste profile, one of wet leaves, flower petals and grass clippings, that drinks like a muggy summer afternoon (which, incidentally, may be the perfect occasion for such a quencher).
There's more than enough tangy, lime-like acidity, ginger-type heat and lemongrass notes to keep things lively on the palate. Though I have yet to try any of these myself, I reckon the brewery's suggested pairings of curries, Caribbean patties, and spicy shrimp are innate accompaniments for what is ostensibly the beer equivalent to a Thai green-chili curry paste.
"Hoptimization capacitors activated. Taste probe functions optimal. Aroma sensors in overdrive. Engage." So reads the label for Phillips Hop Circle, an IPA that certainly does 'abduct the hell out of your senses' just as assuredly and brilliantly as its label describes. This is no hoax. If you have never tasted a properly hopped IPA, you could hardly do better than to start here.
03-19-2013 00:15:10 | More by biegaman
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, courtesy of IllNate, cheers dude.
Pours a bright orange, with a tinge of yellow along the edges, finger and a half of thick and brilliant white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with orange, clementine, tangerine and a bit of pineapple or passionfruit dominant there too. Light sweet malt underneath this too. Taste follows, with a bit of pine, sweet malt and a lingering bitterness and a fairly dry finish, not unlike most IPA's I've had within the last week or so. Slightly grassy in the flavour as well. Medium carbonation, could've been rounded out with a bit more hop bite and a bit of a richer malt. A bit thin on the whole. Drinkable on a nice summer afternoon, with temperatures reaching mid-90's, ABV is unnoticable. Good effort, OK beer.
07-26-2010 19:58:40 | More by liamt07
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
A: Golden-bronze with a white head, good retention & lace.
S: Some nice west-coast hop aroma (citrus and a bit of pine), but not as overpowering as some.
T: Some quality malt flavour (biscuity) with some well-rounded hopping (citrus, grassy, hints of pine). Good bitterness.
M: Very smooth mouthfeel.
D: A great drinker.
It's very good, but after revising their IPA, I thought the hopping might be a little stronger... then again, I suspect this will sell REALLY well.
11-10-2010 00:33:26 | More by Derek
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
341ml bottle poured into tulip 24/10/11
A clear golden yellow with just a few bubbles feeding a rolling hill like looking foam that leaves a few random patches of lace
S big citric nose with grapefruit and lots of lemon rind, slightly floral and faint booze in a deep whiff with some even fainter spruce pretty solid stuff
T what I smell but with more rind and it's just not as intense with the citrus as the nose, still quite good but missing something compared to the smell
M a little thin but well carbonated and it leaves just a little behind in your mouth
O decent IPA for sure that went down a little too quick, great nose, good flavor and easy to drink, need more?
Pretty pleased with this one and a most welcome addition to my beer selection in Alberta. 2 down and 2 to go thank you Phillips Hop Box
10-25-2011 02:27:36 | More by wordemupg
4.23/5 rDev +10.4%
On tap @ Pig BBQ Joint in Victoria.
A - Medium yellow/orange with half a finger of thick cream coloured head.
S - Fresh grapefruit, peach and pine with a touch of caramel sweet
T - Good bitterness. Grapefruit peach, tangerine, pine. A slight malt sweetness in the background.
M - Medium body. Sticky. Light to moderate carbonation. 4
03-13-2013 23:39:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - 13$ for a 6-pack
Appearance - Clear gold/light copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.
Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, resin, citrus
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and resiny/leafy hops. There is also some grapefruit and some grassy notes and a hint of an odd vegetable/corn husk flavour. It ends with a medium amount of bitter hop bitterness.
Overall – Just a few small adjustments away from a really good beer. They've done a good job at capturing the hop essence and it shines through in the beer. But there are some odd vegetable flavours mixed in unfortunately. Still a beer well worth a repeat purchase.
03-19-2013 23:33:30 | More by spinrsx
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
A - Poured a nice light golden colour with mild haze. Two fingers of soapy white head sat on top with mild carbonation. Great lace rings, half finger retention.
S - Marajuana, grass, citrus, pine, nice depth of citrus.
T - Marajuana, pine, grapefruit. Much like the aroma. Nice flavour.
M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice bitterness.
O/D - Easy to drink with a respectable ABV. A good IPA that I could drink a number of. The dank/weedy hop note is a nice twist and the hop flavour was well done.
07-03-2013 21:06:49 | More by tbeckett
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +4.4%
One of the first IPAs to really shine in BC ( along with hopehead) this is newly renamed and slightly rejiggered Phillips IPA and with all the new IPAs out from Phillips still the cornerstone beer from them. This is a well rounded IPA that is not as hoppy as Central City but still has a great hoppy grapefruit nose and a well blended mouthfeel that shows off the hops. Doesn't stand out like it did when it was Phillips IPA and only hopehead from Tree was worth mentioning but still a very good IPA that will always be welcome in my fridge
03-03-2011 02:04:57 | More by canucklehead
3.03/5 rDev -20.9%
12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to my buddy mjyoung for thinking of me on his trip to Canada.
A: Pours a clear orange tinged golden with a couple fingers of dense bubbly head that slowly faded into a thin film that left great streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Big orange citrus hop nose. Smells a lot like orange sherbet. Not bad.
T: Flavor isn't as good as the nose. Notes of bitter vegetables mix with the citrus to give a weird mixture of a solid leafy hop flavor and nasty alfalfa sprouts. Pretty strange but not awful. Finish has notes of orange zest, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter. Never did pick up much malt, but there is an undertone of sweet bread crust all the way through.
M: Medium body, good mouth with a bit of chewiness.
D: Pretty standard IPA. Its best quality is its smell. I would drink this if it was around now and again.
11-29-2010 02:03:45 | More by scottfrie
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
My brother picked up a 6-er of this when we got together over the holiday weekend.
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden caramel colour, finger of head with mild retention, leaving small islands and some fine sporatic lacing.
S - Soapy hops dominate the scent followed by pine and cedar spriggs, and a sweet lemon iced tea on the finish.
T - The scent was much sweeter than the flavour with the cedar and pine hops coming through a bit more bitter and earthy. The caramel malts come through on the finish for a nicely balanced hoppy offering.
M - This one was light and bubbly, nice carbonation on the body, but the finish was a tad too dry for my liking. American IPA's are typically dry, but I found this one a tad too dry.
D - A delicious hoppy offering. It would've been nice if the sweet scents on the nose came through more in the flavour, but this is still a tasty IPA recommended to any hop lover!
10-10-2010 19:19:55 | More by andrenaline
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
New(ish) beer from Phillips.
Pours a brilliant orange with a finger of creamy foam that laced well. Spicy, almost peppery aroma with light citrus notes and an earthy backing. Certainly not as hop-forward as I would expect from this brewery.
Flavour is so-so... very drinkable, but not worth going out of the way for. The citrus character seems somewhat muted and replaced by something close to saaz, bringing a grassy peppery bite to the beer. Prominent malt drops away to earthy, steely notes that makes this seem stringer than it is. The body is the only thing that seems par for the course.
Its certainly not a bad beer, but its not one I'll be hunting down again.
09-30-2010 01:07:43 | More by bobsy
3.83/5 rDev 0%
From a 341 ml brown bottle, as part of the Hob Box 12 pack. Pours out a slightly hazed golden hue, with a loose creamy ivory head that retains to a thick cap.
Clean grainy, biscuit malt on the nose, with dry leafy hops.
Grainy and biscuity malt up front in the flavour, followed quickly by sharp bright leafy green hops, finishing with intense grapefruit and tangerine rind.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slick texture, with medium carbonation.
Pretty much a straight forward in your face hop fix, which delivers the goods without overwhelming. A little bit of depth to the hops but the intensity tends to detract from that. Can't win them all, but this is worth picking up if you're looking for an assertive American IPA.
06-08-2012 05:40:15 | More by IronDjinn
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
Got a 6 pack of this at the LCBO.
From a bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, foamy, white head with good retention. Hazy gamboge orange with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin film. A splotchy film remains until the end and leaves some lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Pale malts, light caramel notes with some grapefruit, light melon and pineapple perhaps. Definite cascade hop presence for sure. Bold and enticing.
TASTE: Pale malts and melon sweetness up front, some grapefruit and hop bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of hoppy cascade grapefruit, grassy bitterness and some melon sweetness as balance. Really nice.
PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Nice and creamy feel.
OVERALL: This is really, really good. Really like the hop bill on this one, and it's really well balanced as well. Other reviewers might be expecting something different, but as far as standard IPA's go, this is a top-class effort. Luckily this one is available at the LCBO all the time. Great stuff, and will definitely be a go-to when back in the Loo. Recommended.
10-11-2013 18:59:30 | More by Jeffo
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Appearance. Pours a nice gold with lively bubbles rising and a finger of white bubbly head that leaves some nice lacing.
Smell. Sweet caramel and some nice, citus, piney hops. Yum.
Taste. Light, toasty grains and bitter, well rounded hops. Plenty of pink grapefruit rind pine sap, and a little grass.
Mouthfeel. Light-medium body with smooth, medium-strong carbonation.
Overall. Kick ass ipa. Not sure why it took me so long to try this one, but I`ve been missing out. Great stuff.
04-15-2011 01:30:57 | More by Rutager
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a pale yellow-orange colour with white head that dissipated pretty quickly without lacing. Smells of citrus hops and bready malt. Taste has some sweetness, to match the bitterness of the grapefruit hop flavour. Not as hoppy as many IPA's, but it is respectably so.
06-29-2010 23:18:25 | More by kwjd
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
BB June 28, 2013
Beer is clear golden in colour with a large white head. Pretty good retention and lots of lace.
The nose is certainly hoppy. Citrus fruit mainly, with grapefruit and orange, maybe some peach. Pine resin. A bit of a sweet-smelling bready malt scent underneath.
Taste contains the citrus and tropical fruit (more on the peach and orange end than grapefruit, unlike the nose), with a larger amount of bready malt than I expected. Fairly bitter. Lots of flavour, but the fruit somehow tastes a bit artificial and dull.
Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and oily.
Overall, not bad, and I will not have any problem finishing the bottle, but not a particularly strong IPA.
03-13-2013 22:54:16 | More by jrenihan
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Hazy golden color with a thin white head. Really nice lacing.
S: Lots of grapefruit with an almost juicy aroma and some citrus hops.
T: Slightly malty upfront with a pretty hoppy grapefruit and citrus finish. Bitterness is a little on the high side but this wasn't quite as hoppy as I would have liked. Still, a pretty solid IPA.
07-11-2011 23:56:00 | More by notchucknorris
Hop Circle IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
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